Guest Post: F/F novels, asexual friendly romance novels and Learning Curves, by Ceillie Simkiss

I absolutely adore Ceillie. She is a wonderful support to a great number of writers and I couldn’t tell you how excited I was when she told me she was about to release her own first book.

Ceillie Simkiss is an author from southern Virginia. She started writing fiction as an escape from her day job as a small town journalist, and has been at it ever since, with the support of her partner, her dog and her cats.

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I started my life as a writer blogging. I mostly blogged about books and TV shows and things like that, but books were really my one true love topic. Honestly, they still are. If you’ve ever heard of me online, it’s because I was talking about books.

One of the topics that I see cycling around Book Twitter and publishing circles is that f/f romances doesn’t sell. Publishers say that finding the audience to market to is too hard, or that the audience isn’t there. After spending some time looking at book marketing, I see why they might say that. Romances that feature two male main characters often does sell better than the same story line featuring two women.

This is fairly common across all forms of media – a story that features two men falling in love is more likely to be lauded as legendary and groundbreaking, while most women get pushed to the side. I’m not entirely sure why that is, though I have some ideas. *COUGH* THE PATRIARCHY *COUGH*

Learning CurvesHowever, I also know that there is an audience out there for sapphic romances. Being asexual and feeling uncomfortable about sex being laid out on the page, though, I struggled to find contemporary romances that were sex-free or even friendly to asexual readers like me. There’s nothing wrong with steamy romances. It’s more that those books just weren’t right for me. This struggle led me to not read romance for a very long time. I’m still more than a little hesitant to pick up a romance novel without recommendations, though I have read quite a few that I’ve fallen head over heels for.

Part of the reason that I wrote Learning Curves as a falling in love story was so that I didn’t have to write a a sex scene. Given that I don’t enjoy reading them, I can only imagine how bad me writing one would be. I also wanted this book to be something that I would want to pick up off a shelf: something that’s light and fluffy, but isn’t saccharine. I’m extremely proud of what Learning Curves turned out to be, and I hope that if you’re a reader like me, you will enjoy Cora and Elena’s love story as much as I do.

 

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